logoThe Welsh American Society of Northern California has received a lot of emails for further information (well, at least one) so in order to provide so quick answers, WASNC provides this page of frequently asked questions.  Whilst this should answer the majority of questions, you can always contact the Society if you have any detailed questions that cannot be summarized on this page.  The contacts page lists the email addresses for the officers of WASNC.

The FAQ pages will grow over time, so check back on a regular basis.   The question ranking is based on frequency.


WASNC exists to celebrate the vast heritage of the Welsh in America and particularly in Northern California.  The Society seeks to be the premier source for those interested in the considerable influence the Welsh has had on our region.

WASNC and its education fund, The Welsh Heritage Fund of California, are incorporated in the State of California.

About our Activities

The Welsh American Society of Northern California holds several events during the year to celebrate the Welsh heritage and publishes a quarterly newsletter sent free of charge to its members.

In addition, the Society maintains a focus on all things Welsh in California and a link for all Welsh or Americans, whether the first or a hundred and first generation.


Whilst the majority of WASNC’s membership are either Welsh or claim Welsh Heritage, membership is open to all, irrespective.

The only requirement is that members respect and abide by the rules of the Society and have a genuine interest in the Welsh Culture.  There are no other restrictions, either geographic, genealogical or gender based.

The Dragon or the Cross?

Welsh DragonThe Red Dragon, (Y Ddraig Goch) is the official flag of Wales. The use of a dragon as an emblem for the Nation was first documented around 830 and the design is based on the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, King of Gwynedd, with the Tudor colors of green and white. It was used by King Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 after which the red dragon was included in the Tudor royal arms to signify their Welsh descent.

St David's crossThe second flag used to signify Wales is the yellow and black cross of St David (c. 500–589), the patron saint of Wales. St David, a Welsh-born and educated bishop, was descended from Welsh nobility and renowned as a teacher and preacher. He founded monastic settlements and churches throughout Wales and later south-east England and Northern France, regions that were considered Pagan at the time.  David was officially recognized by the Vatican by Pope Callixtus II in 1120. adopted as the Welsh flag in 1959.

The Red Dragon was formally adopted as the Welsh Flag in 1959. Interestingly, although the original 13 star version of the Stars and Stripes dates from 1777, the current 50 star version of the US Flag was only officially adopted in 1960.

Can I contribute?

There are many ways in which you can contribute to the Welsh Society of Northern California,

WASNC welcomes members’ contributions to its activities, from adding your voice to the various events held each year or just mentioning the Society.  WASNC also welcomes contributions to the Blog site and its newsletter, so get writing!

Should you wish to contribute cash or services, please note that only WASNC’s educational fund, ‘the Welsh Heritage Fund of California’, can accept donations under 501 (c)3  rules.  Please email WASNC for further information, the address of the relevant officer is on the Contacts page